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FOX CONFERENCE 2008 Gregory P. Meyjes Middle Tennessee State University & Solidaris Intercultural Services LLC
A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE:
Preface
Overview <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>CULTURE </li></ul><ul><li>LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>LITERACY </li></ul><u...
INTRODUCTION
TN  &  Davidson County: Some Recent  SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS http://www.state.tn.us/education/reportcard
TN Students: White vs. Other  (‘94-’04)
TN: Ethno-Racial Student Trends (‘94-’04)
TN “Hispanic” Student Population
Davidson: ELL Students  (’99-’04)
Economically Disadvantaged Students (Davidson, ’99 –’04)
Davidson County:  Sample Elemen. Schools Meeting  AYP Standards & Econ. Disadv. Amqui Elementary Charlotte Park Elementary...
MTSU grad student Diversity Survey 2007
Informants by Gender
Informants by Race
Exposure to Other Cultural Groups
Relevance of Global Education
The Challenge of Cultural  Diversity
Some  Results  by  Race How relevant are global issues  African American  -  Caucasian  -  Cultural diversity is rising in...
“ CULTURE ”
What do we mean by “ culture ?”
“ working definition ” The set of values, customs, institutions and commodities that most characterizes a people’s identit...
LANGUAGE
Let’s talk about  language…
Some Key Concepts
INNATENESS COGNITION:  Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis POWER APPROPRIATENESS POLICIES:  Education
Language Dialect Standard Variety Non-Standard Variety Regional Dialect Social Dialect Prestige Covert Prestige Style Regi...
LITERACY
What  literacy?
 
EDUCATION  &  CULTURAL DIVERSITY
 
GLOBAL EDUCATION
Does global education  matter ?
 
CONCLUSION: “ Metacultural Competence ”
Towards a  Definition of Metacultural Competence  in Education “ A metacultural approach to teaching is  not  a top-down f...
Rather, it is a pedagogical stance that actively and creatively seeks  a) to continually assess the cultural specificity o...
INFORMATION: Notes Quotes References Contact Information Training Opportunities… www.intersolidaris.com Click on “ Fox Con...
T H A N K  Y O U !
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A World of Difference: Culturally Competent Literacy Education Today

  1. 1. FOX CONFERENCE 2008 Gregory P. Meyjes Middle Tennessee State University & Solidaris Intercultural Services LLC
  2. 2. A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE:
  3. 3. Preface
  4. 4. Overview <ul><li>INTRODUCTION </li></ul><ul><li>CULTURE </li></ul><ul><li>LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>LITERACY </li></ul><ul><li>EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>GLOBAL EDUCATION </li></ul><ul><li>CONCLUSION: “METACULTURAL COMPETENCE” </li></ul>
  5. 5. INTRODUCTION
  6. 6. TN & Davidson County: Some Recent SCHOOL DEMOGRAPHICS http://www.state.tn.us/education/reportcard
  7. 7. TN Students: White vs. Other (‘94-’04)
  8. 8. TN: Ethno-Racial Student Trends (‘94-’04)
  9. 9. TN “Hispanic” Student Population
  10. 10. Davidson: ELL Students (’99-’04)
  11. 11. Economically Disadvantaged Students (Davidson, ’99 –’04)
  12. 12. Davidson County: Sample Elemen. Schools Meeting AYP Standards & Econ. Disadv. Amqui Elementary Charlotte Park Elementary Cole Elementary Haywood Elementary Henry Maxwell Elementary Mt. View Elementary Tom Joy Elementary Una Elementary
  13. 13. MTSU grad student Diversity Survey 2007
  14. 14. Informants by Gender
  15. 15. Informants by Race
  16. 16. Exposure to Other Cultural Groups
  17. 17. Relevance of Global Education
  18. 18. The Challenge of Cultural Diversity
  19. 19. Some Results by Race How relevant are global issues African American - Caucasian - Cultural diversity is rising in TN's public schools.  African American - Caucasian: -   How well do you believe public African American - Caucasian: - to public education in TN? 75% : somewhat or much. 79% : somewhat or much. How challenging do you think it is? 75% : somewhat or much 93% : somewhat or much schools in TN succeed cross-culturally? 75% : not much 28% : not much
  20. 20. “ CULTURE ”
  21. 21. What do we mean by “ culture ?”
  22. 22. “ working definition ” The set of values, customs, institutions and commodities that most characterizes a people’s identity, i.e. its “spirit” or “genius”, that which distinguishes it from others. We can distinguish material, social, and ideational factors of culture. Though different, cultures are a necessary, largely subconscious part of our humanity, of our needs. (See Sapir, 1949: 308-331)
  23. 23. LANGUAGE
  24. 24. Let’s talk about language…
  25. 25. Some Key Concepts
  26. 26. INNATENESS COGNITION: Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis POWER APPROPRIATENESS POLICIES: Education
  27. 27. Language Dialect Standard Variety Non-Standard Variety Regional Dialect Social Dialect Prestige Covert Prestige Style Register Pidgin Creole World English Ebonics/B.E.V./A.A.E.V. Multilingualism Multiculturalism
  28. 28. LITERACY
  29. 29. What literacy?
  30. 31. EDUCATION & CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  31. 33. GLOBAL EDUCATION
  32. 34. Does global education matter ?
  33. 36. CONCLUSION: “ Metacultural Competence ”
  34. 37. Towards a Definition of Metacultural Competence in Education “ A metacultural approach to teaching is not a top-down formula for promoting learning that ignores or negates different forms of knowing, doing, and valuing that exist in society …
  35. 38. Rather, it is a pedagogical stance that actively and creatively seeks a) to continually assess the cultural specificity of the learning content, expectations, and process, and b) to adapt these to an evolving appreciation for the existence and a-priori validity of the diverse cultural realities in society at large.” Copyright © 2007 by Gregory Paul P. Meyjes
  36. 39. INFORMATION: Notes Quotes References Contact Information Training Opportunities… www.intersolidaris.com Click on “ Fox Conference 2008 ”
  37. 40. T H A N K Y O U !

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